Grass fed production

  • Growing Cows on Wheat Grass

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    The bagger is used to fill a large bag with the harvested forage where it is allowed to ferment.  This represents the traditional way of harvesting grass which is put up dry to be stored as hay.  This fermented feed produced by chopping the wheat grass at it’s peak creates a higher plane of nutrition.   The haylage then is added to

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  • John Stossel’s Take is Just Wrong

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    John Stossel aired a program last week on Fox Business that amazed me.  The aim as he admitted on the show was to offer the idea that natural, organic, chemical laden and grassfed food is not any better or even worse than industrial factory produced foods.  He further indicated that he is in favor of corporate capitalism and the cheap

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  • State of the Plate 2010

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    State of the Plate took Chicago by storm in a one day event about sustainable meat.  Booked at the beautiful Harold Washington Library and Robert Morris University the attendees were treated to a full day of presentation, discussion and tasting by many leaders in the sustainable food movement.  The invigorating interaction tackled the questions and confusion about Sustainable Meat: What

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  • Chefs Collaborative National Summit 2010

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    It was my great pleasure to participate in the Chefs Collaborative National Summit 2010 held in Boston October 3-5.  I spoke on a panel about rare breeds and pastured animals. True to the theme of the event we looked at the past and how before industrial-scale factory farming with livestock raised in CAFOs became the norm most of our country’s

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  • Can You Tell From a Label What Is Truly Grass Fed?

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    Our loyal customers are concerned about how their food is sourced as well as how it is raised.  Grass fed in the United States started on small family farms but as its popularity grew . . . industrial beef has represented a niche market that has grown immensely over the last few years. What began as an inclination of consumers

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  • America’s Food Revolution

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    Today America is witnessing a food revolution where customers want to know how their food is grown and who grows it. Knowledgeable customers ask questions, read labels, do their investigative homework and decide ethically what food they want to eat. This new consumer is met by a new generation of caring farmers. This new generation of sustainable farmers can be

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  • Going Green

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    The new consumer is voting for what exists in the world by how they spend their dollars.Many people come to grass fed because it is healthier and safer.Many consumers choose grass fed because it represents more humane care and treatment of the livestock.   Some consumers like the idea of supporting American family farms.  Another huge segment chooses the grass

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  • Why Would A Grass Farmer Burn Pasture?

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    As grassfarmers you have probably heard me say that what we do is grow grass, right?We then use cattle to harvest our crop.Why would we want to burn pasture? September and time to renovate some of our finishing pastures for winter grazing.We use a no-till drill to plant grass seed into the ground.This allows you to plant without having to

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  • Who Are the Real McCoys in Grass Fed Beef?

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        REPORTER:There are many suppliers who claim grass fed status.Who are the real McCoys in your opinion? DR. WHISNANT:Without a legal definition in place for grass fed, many operations especially those larger entities that purchase cattle from various producers and market under a “corporate” business model have grass-raised the ruminant and yet grain finish to speed the finishing process,

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  • Grass Fed Beef Breed Types and Rare Breeds: Eat ’em to Save ’em

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    As many grass fed producers who finish their animals on grass we have come to understand the importance of breed selection in the quality of the beef we produce.Many fellow grass farmers are returning to heritage breeds in beef,poultry and swine as they journey back to the basics in livestock production. Beef characteristics such as tenderness,cut out,disposition,birth weight,age at maturation

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  • Eric Schlosser and Fast Food Nation

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    Eric Schlosser was our keynote speaker at the American Grassfed Association conference in Colorado Springs last month. He was a delight to get to know and held our group of 250 grass fed producers in rapt attention. It was thrilling to us as producers to hear him speak to the benefits of raising animals on grass the way nature intended

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  • American Grass Fed Standard

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    American Grassfed Association 100% Grassfed Ruminant Program ~Measuring, Standards & Requirements 1. SCOPE These requirements apply to all farms and ranches approved by the American Grassfed Association (AGA) for the production of Certified Grassfed Ruminant animals and products destined for certification by the AGA. Only farms and ranches using the AGA’s Certified American Grassfed™ logo are certified following these herein

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  • Local Meeting for Grass Fed Beef Producers

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    I am often asked to speak to various groups of cattlemen concerning grass fed beef production and marketing.The following represents one of these meetings: Though my education and experience are in the field of livestock production my only credentials in coming to you tonight is Our Story.  The story of our family farm would parallel that of many of yours

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